SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Jack Leach of England bowls during Day Three of the England Warm Up Match at the Ageas Bowl on July 03, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB)

England have been dealt a massive blow for the remainder of the Test series against India, with Jack Leach being ruled out.

The left-arm spinner will return home to England after damaging his left knee whilst fielding on the opening day of the first Test match between the two nations.

Unable to move freely, the injury was sustained when he dived to stop a boundary and collided with the ground.

"He will fly home from Abu Dhabi in the next 24 hours, where the England team have been staying ahead of the third Test in Rajkot, which starts on Thursday," a statement from ECB read.

"Leach will work closely with the England and Somerset medical teams in respect of his rehabilitation."

Yet to name a replacement for Leach, England still have three spinners in their squad - Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, and Shoaib Bashir - as well as the part-time contributions from Joe Root.

Only naming one fast bowler for the opening two matches, it is highly unlikely that England will do the same headlining into the Third Test.

This means Mark Wood or Ollie Robinson could be brought into the team to partner alongside James Anderson.